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Danny Ings ruthlessly punished Laurent Koscielny’s rustiness on his Premier League return

The 33-year-old found his first Premier League start this season pretty tough going

Arsenal have grown a lot in such a little space of time under Unai Emery.

The club that was widely known for its fragility under Arsene Wenger has now won the most points from losing positions this season.

Unfortunately, on his return to the first team in the Premier League Laurent Koscienly looked like he had been left behind by this team.


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Hands on hips is a classic Arsenal pose

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Hands on hips is a classic Arsenal pose

Now 33 years old Koscienly was making his first Premier League appearance since suffering an injury in May and boy it looked like it.

He may have captained the side but he was left sorely at fault for not one but two Southampton goals as he struggled to keep up with the pace of their attack.

And by attack, I mean he was completely owned by Danny Ings on not one but two crosses.

Watch and learn Laurent

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Watch and learn Laurent

The experienced Frenchman was brought back into the team after four central defensive injuries and it was clear he was rusty from the off.

In the 20th minute Matt Targett had some space on the left and delivered the perfect cross into the box.

Why would you try to kick that?

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Why would you try to kick that?

Koscielny was well-positioned in front of his man, but he questionably tried to kick a ball that was travelling at about 8ft in the air… and missed.

Ings couldn’t believe his luck as he nodded it past Bernd Leno in goal.

Bullet header = goal

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Bullet header = goal

The biggest question mark over the defending from Koscielny was why didn’t he just head the ball out for a goal kick? Do the simple things.

Just before half-time Ings was about to cause the Arsenal captain another nightmare from a cross, this time from the right.

Nathan Redmond swung the ball in and although it was whipped past him Koscienly could have done much better.

You haven’t read that

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You haven’t read that

Still a lot to do from here

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Still a lot to do from here

He misjudged the flight of the ball and jumped to head clear but got nowhere near it leaving Ings with a free shot on goal with his noggin.

There was still an awful lot to do but Ings expertly guided his header back across goal and into the net.

And there’s the goal

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And there’s the goal

As an experienced international defender Koscienly had not covered himself in glory for either strike.

And his day just got worse.

On the hour mark he rather cynically earned himself a yellow card to cap off his display by tripping up Nathon Redmond after the Saints winger easily beat him for pace.

Emery couldn’t even make a switch at the back as such was Arsenal’s injury issues that there weren’t any options left on the bench.


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